Tag Archives: Science Mission Directorate

NASA Selects Observation Programs for James Webb Space Telescope; Thomas Zurbuchen Quoted

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NASA has selected 286 project proposals for the James Webb Space Telescope's upcoming first cycle of scientific investigations. The space agency said Tuesday that it will begin Webb's space observation activities in 2022, with General Observer programs that seek to study star formation, planetary system properties and the universe's earlier galaxies.

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NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen Orders Design Modification Study for WFIRST Space Telescope

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the NASA‘s Science Mission Directorate, has urged the Goddard Space Flight Center to study potential design changes on the agency’s future space observatory to address the results of an independent review. The design modification study is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of the Wide Field Infrared Survey …

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NASA Awards Funds to 10 Small Satellite Studies

NASA has awarded a total of $3.6 million in grants to 10 mission concept studies that will use small satellites to explore Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and outer planets. The agency said Thursday awardees on the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program will use satellites that weigh less than 400 pounds while CubeSats will …

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University of Michigan Professor Thomas Zurbuchen Named NASA Science Mission Directorate Head

Thomas Zurbuchen, a space science and aerospace engineering professor at the University of Michigan, will officially join NASA on Oct. 3 as associate administrator of the space agency’s science mission directorate. He will succeed Geoffrey Yoder, who currently leads the science mission directorate on an acting basis and will retire from the space agency …

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NASA Science Mission Directorate Assoc. Administrator John Grunsfeld to Retire in April

John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA‘s science mission directorate, will retire from his post by the end of April. The four-decade space agency veteran has managed over 100 space missions, including the Curiosity Mars rover landing, New Horizons Pluto flyby and the Deep Space Climate Observatory, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and Global Precipitation Measurement programs, …

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NASA Unveils New Office to Detect, Track Near-Earth Objects; Lindley Johnson Comments

NASA has launched a new office within the science mission directorate’s planetary science division that will work to detect and monitor asteroids and other near-Earth objects. The planetary defense coordination office will also coordinate programs and craft plans with the Defense Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and international …

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NASA Taps 27 Organizations for Science Education Collaborative Agreements; John Grunsfeld Comments

NASA’s science mission directorate will award $42 million in cooperative agreements to 27 universities and research institutions to develop new approaches in order to encourage students to participate in NASA’s science, technology, engineering and math education programs. Selected organizations will craft programs that support activities in heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science …

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